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APME UPDATE • Sept. 20, 2018 


Sept. 22, 2018: NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
April 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Denver
2019: NewsTrain workshops in Austin and Milwaukee

2018 ASNE-APME conference
was a Texas-sized big success

#newsleaders2018 was a big success filled with engaging discussions to better lead newsrooms and support and defend journalism. More than 230 people, including speakers, panelists, sponsors and student journalists, attended the 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference Sept. 11-12 in Austin, Texas.

We thank all of you for joining us and making the conference relevant and valuable. If you couldn't join us this year, then we hope to see you next year, Sept. 9-10, in New Orleans.

Innovation Track: Measuring Success panel

For stories, photos and videos from the conference, please visit, an online hub featuring outstanding coverage by a team of student journalists from Ball State University and The University of Texas at Austin. For more photos, check out ASNE's Facebook album.
In case you missed it, ASNE and APME approved a merger plan to become the News Leaders Association.Both organizations will continue to exist in 2018-19 under the new leadership of ASNE President Nancy Barnes of the Houston Chronicle and APME President Angie Muhs of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois. Click here to read more about it, including a Q&A about the merger.

We'd like to make several shout-outs to those who made the conference as smooth and successful as possible. We first thank journalism faculty and APME board member Juli Metzger of Ball State University, as well as all of the student journalists, for covering the conference across all platforms.

We also thank ASNE-APME Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs Bill Church of GateHouse Media, Emilio Garcia-Ruiz of The Washington Post and Colin McMahon of the Chicago Tribune and  for putting together a terrific program. And, of course, we can't thank enough our speakers, panelists and attendees for sharing their knowledge and experience.

Lastly, our deep appreciation goes to all of our generous sponsors for making the #newsleaders2018 conference possible!

Gatehouse Media wins APME Innovator of the Year award

Gatehouse Media’s “Longform Template” was named the 2018 Innovator of the Year award during the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leaders conference Sept.12.

GateHouse Media’s innovation desk has developed “Architect,” a new, open-sourced content management system with a built-in drag and drop interface, making it easy for anyone to use.

Competition for the Innovator of the Year award began with three finalists. Joining GateHouse Media, were The Blade of Toledo, Ohio, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for their work on “NewsSlide,” and The Capital Times of Madison, Wisconsin, for their work on “Cap Times Idea Fest.”

NewsSlide, is a free app, designed to get reticent print readers to ease into a digital experience. The Capital Times was a contender for its series of events, including the Cap Times Idea Fest, that drives strong revenue and engages hundreds of readers in meaningful local and national topics.

See the conference coverage by Ball State University and University of Texas at Austin students, or at #NewsLeaders2018

See you next year in New Orleans on Sept. 9-10!

Our conference hotel is the New Orleans Marriott, at 555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130We have a nightly rate of $179.

Immediately following the 2019 ASNE-APME-APPM conference will be the Online News Association conference Sept. 12-15 at the Sheraton New Orleans.

More details coming soon.

Only 10 seats left, so sign up today!

Register soon to get great training at the Denton, Texas, NewsTrain this Saturday

Denton NewsTrain has a full day of digital training on Sept. 22, 2018, at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in the University Union, room 333, 1155 Union Circle. It is 41 miles north of Dallas and 38 miles north of Fort Worth.

Registration is just $85. 

Training Sessions Include:

• Data-driven enterprise off your beat
• Shooting smarter video with your smartphone
• Getting your story read: maximizing social media for branding and audience engagement
• Use data visualization to tell better stories
• Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices

You Will Learn How To:

• Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen.
• Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
• Improve your writing on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.
• Sequence your best five shots to produce video news clips of under one minute with minimal editing.
• Design informational graphics with impact, such as maps and charts, using free and easy-to-use tools.

Our accomplished trainers are:

Dana Amihere recently joined KPCC, Southern California's NPR affiliate, as data editor, where she will help lead the station's data visualization and digital storytelling efforts. Previously, she worked as an interactive editor at The Dallas Morning News, as a web developer for Pew Research Center’s digital team and as an interactive designer on The Baltimore Sun’s data desk. @write_this_way

Saul Garza is an UNT alum and has been a journalist for 26 years, most recently as the senior reporter for KDFW Fox 4’s Good Day, the highest-rated newscast in North Texas. He’s been nominated for a Lone Star Emmy for his work on the popular franchise. After 19 years at KDFW, Garza decided to hang up the mic in May, and he is now the social media and media relations manager of the city of Garland. Garza is on the executive board at UNT’s Radio-TV-Film Department. He’s also the former president of Hispanic Communicators DFW, the local chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. @SaulGarzaMedia

Tawnell D. Hobbs joined The Wall Street Journal in July 2016 as the national K-12 education reporter. Before that, she was an education reporter at The Dallas Morning News for 16 years. Hobbs started her journalism career at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where she covered education and other beats. She teaches computer-assisted reporting at Texas Christian University and uses the method often to find stories or to strengthen them. As she tells her students, “The stories are in the data.” Hobbs has won numerous awards, including sharing a 2016 National Headliner Award for education writing with a team of reporters. Before her journalism career, she served in the U.S. Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard for a combined 10 years. @tawnell.

Christy Robinson is the digital coordinator at public media station KERA in North Texas. Before that, she worked in digital for Computer Task Group and The Dallas Morning News. Robinson specializes in growing audiences, improving user experience, communicating analytics, coaching colleagues, organic and paid social media strategy, web copy writing and editing, testing and conversion and SEO. @christyrobinson

Hannah Wise is the engagement editor at The Dallas Morning News. She oversees the newsroom's social media strategy and seeks ways to cultivate conversation around the News' journalism. Wise is the Online News Association Dallas-Fort Worth chapter co-founder and president. She is the stitching maven behind behind the viral Instagram account @sewmanycomments where she doesn't read the comments, but sews them. She is pursuing her master's in journalism at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. @hwise29

To learn more, visit or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

To get updates for any of the upcoming NewsTrains, visit this page and signup. 

Hey, great, you’ve been named to a newsroom leadership role. Congratulations!

Now what the hell do you do?


First, stop sweating. We’ve all been there. And we’re here to help.


APME has put together a list of on-call editors willing to offer you strategic and practical advice on nearly two dozen different topics, from ethics to legal issues, to digital best practices, to upfront story coaching and newsroom budgeting.


We don’t want to replace the conversations you have in your own newsrooms, but we can be a resource when no one else is around to ask, when you need a second opinion, when you wonder if there’s another way or if you just need help framing the right questions.


The members of APME bring decades of journalism experience to the table.

We’ve spent years helping each other cope with a fast-changing industry, learning to produce and showcase our best journalism on multiple platforms. We’ve become adept at adapting while remaining committed to our watchdog role, to reflecting our diverse communities in our newsrooms and to ethical truth telling.


Now we want to broaden the circle and help develop newsroom leaders from coast to coast to strengthen journalism for all. You don’t need to be a member of APME; we’re here to help everyone.

Give our list of editors a look and connect.


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Sun Herald's president, publisher to step down in September

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The president and publisher of a newspaper in Mississippi has announced that she will be stepping down this month.

The Sun Herald reports that Shannon Wall announced her departure from the newspaper Monday.

Wall has worked at the Sun Herald for more than 10 years and has helped it expand its digital footprint during her tenure. She is taking a marketing job at a hospital.

Executive Editor Blake Kaplan will move into an expanded role as the Sun Herald's editor and general manager. He joined the newspaper as a reporter in 1994 and has served as its executive editor and vice president since mid-2015. Kaplan starts his new job Oct. 1.

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Longtime publisher of Arizona Daily Sun retiring

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The longtime publisher of the Arizona Daily Sun is retiring.

Don Rowley has led the Flagstaff newspaper for 23 years, overseeing changes that included the addition of a Saturday newspaper in 1992 and a move to the west side of town in 1995.

The paper later went back to publishing six days by cutting the Monday edition. It is owned by Lee Enterprises.

Rowley says in a story published Wednesday that he and his wife will spend more time traveling and with their family.

A new publisher is expected to be named later this year.

Rowley says his career in the newspaper industry has been rewarding and diverse. It included a 12-year stint at the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah, and five years at Pulitzer corporate in St. Louis.

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